Category Archives: Culture and History

Okinoumi ends Kotoshogiku’s unbeaten start at Spring Basho

Okinoumi ends Kotoshogiku’s unbeaten start at Spring Basho

Okinoumi ends Kotoshogiku’s unbeaten start at Spring Basho OSAKA – Kotoshogiku’s quest to reach the ultimate rank of yokozuna took a hit with shock first defeat at the hands of…

Denmark named happiest nation; Japan frowns at 53rd

Denmark named happiest nation; Japan frowns at 53rd

Denmark named happiest nation; Japan frowns at 53rd NEW YORK – Denmark and Switzerland are the No. 1 and No. 2 happiest nations, while crisis-torn Syria and Burundi are the…

10 things foreigners in Japan notice about Japanese phone culture

10 things foreigners in Japan notice about Japanese phone culture

10 things foreigners in Japan notice about Japanese phone culture TOKYO — Life’s really changed since we all graduated from flip-phones to smartphones. Now we all have tiny computers in…

Energetic schoolgirl’s “Pension dance” commercial for Nagano bank isn’t easy to forget

Energetic schoolgirl’s “Pension dance” commercial for Nagano bank isn’t easy to forget

Energetic schoolgirl’s “Pension dance” commercial for Nagano bank isn’t easy to forget This dance and and its accompanying are currently stuck in people’s heads around Japan. Nagano Prefecture’s JA Bank…

How to lady: Fascinating Meiji Era women’s book features hairstyles, history lessons, etiquette

How to lady: Fascinating Meiji Era women’s book features hairstyles, history lessons, etiquette

How to lady: Fascinating Meiji Era women’s book features hairstyles, history lessons, etiquette “From birth to death, a woman must never forget to display fondness and affection … a woman…

Video looks at why Japanese students serve their own school lunches, clean their classrooms

Video looks at why Japanese students serve their own school lunches, clean their classrooms

Video looks at why Japanese students serve their own school lunches, clean their classrooms TOKYO — How many of our readers living in Western countries remember cleaning up their classrooms…

Meiji-era Japanese “Hell Picture Book” is far more hilarious than horrifying 【Pics】

Meiji-era Japanese “Hell Picture Book” is far more hilarious than horrifying 【Pics】

Meiji-era Japanese “Hell Picture Book” is far more hilarious than horrifying 【Pics】 So, Hell. It’s supposed to be a scary, not-so-cool place, right? All that fire and torture and eternal…

Economy, strong yen defuse 'explosive' Chinese shopping in Japan

Economy, strong yen defuse ‘explosive’ Chinese shopping in Japan

Economy, strong yen defuse ‘explosive’ Chinese shopping in Japan TOKYO — Chinese tourists spent less in Tokyo shops during the Lunar New Year holidays compared with a year earlier, retailers…

Licca-chan gets the royal treatment in this gorgeous Doll Festival set

Licca-chan gets the royal treatment in this gorgeous Doll Festival set

Licca-chan gets the royal treatment in this gorgeous Doll Festival set TOKYO — Toy brand Takara Tomy collaborates with distinguished doll maker Kyugetsu to release a limited 2016 edition of…

Japan’s low autopsy rate may leave murders undetected

Japan’s low autopsy rate may leave murders undetected

Japan’s low autopsy rate may leave murders undetected Chisako Kakehi awaits trial. She is dubbed the Black Widow, after the spider that eats its mate. Arrested on suspicion of murdering…